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Cook’s Illustrated challenge: Vegetable Lasagna

The bright green basil pops against the red tomato sauce. I decided to make the Vegetable Lasagna pretty early in the challenge because it looked to be the most involved recipe in this issue of Cook’s Illustrated and I wanted to get it out of the way. It was extremely fussy, but it was quite […]


Sweet and salty pizza

  It’s dinnertime. For your consideration: 1. Thaw homemade pizza dough. Allow to double in size in a warmish place, such as in front of a window in July when it’s 91 degrees outside. 2. Caramelize onions with sprigs of thyme. Congratulate yourself for using up thyme, which is a refrigerator orphan no more! 3. […]

East meets West meets Erin

The Biscevic Turkish House, built in 1635, overlooks the Neretva River in Mostar. The Franciscan Church’s spire, the tallest in Mostar, stands across the river. When I was on vacation in September, I visited Mostar, a city in Bosnia-Herzegovina. It has become one of my most memorable travel experiences. Light streams through the windows of […]

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